This oracle continues the series on the nations round about ancient Israel. Moab was a cousin nation, of a similar racial and religious (originally) background. Moab opposed Moses and Israel from the time of Exodus. They supported the very cruel treatment given to Israel by her opponents. God does see and take note and act! Wait patiently is the New Testament corollary. (Revelation 13:10, 14:12)
Proverbs 16 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
We see here that this is true not just for individuals but for countries (and too for institutions, groups and other entities more than singular people).
“We have heard of the pride of Moab – how proud he is! – of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence; in his idle boasting he is not right.”
This is good for us to be exhorted on as individuals, in our walk with the Lord.
But too, it’s good for us to wrestle with the outworking of this for groupings beyond just us.
Our earthly families. Our church/heavenly family. And too, the organisations we work for. Our politicians. Our countries!
Peter’s advice, God’s wisdom here, is very apt.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,”
For God’s people – The proper time is finally to be found in glory! The marriage supper of the lamb with His bride. The mortal made immortal, the perishable made imperishable (1 Cor 15 v50-58).
* Father God, thank You for making it clear to us. You oppose the proud and give grace to the humble.
Mark us as a humble people Lord God, both in our own walk with You, and together as Your people whereever we gather.
This we pray. Amen.